2012 AASHTO - Guided Tours
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Washinton State Ferry the Walla Walla at the terminal

Guided Tour Schedule

Guest Activities

Guests will meet their guides in the hotel lobby at 9:15am. Sturdy footwear is recommended and a selection of clothing should be packed because the weather can change suddenly. All paid attractions are the responsibility of the guest at the time of the visit and costs are subject to changes. Lunches will also be on your own, enjoy a wide variety of dining options at all destinations. Travel for the guided tour will be via light rail, monorail and foot.


Monday - July 16, 2012


  1. › Seattle Center Guided Tour - take the Monorail from Westlake Center (two blocks NW from the Sheraton) ($4 roundtrip). At the Seattle Center, visit as many or as few of the following attractions as you wish:
    ­ ­ - Space Needle Observation Deck ($18)
    ­ ­ - Pacific Science Center ($14)
    ­ ­ - Experience Music Project ($18)
    ­ ­ - Lunch on your own at the Center House (located in the heart of the Seattle Center).

Monorail has frequent service from Westlake Center to the Seattle Center
Seattle Skyline with Mt. Rainer in the background
EMP Museum - experience the sound
Pacific Science Center- come discover
Looking up at the Seattle Needle




Tuesday - July 17, 2012


  1. Ride the Duck ($28) - A motorized tour of Seattle via land and sea.

    This tour is available for guests and begins at 10:00 am at the Westlake Center. It is a 90-minute tour of key Seattle attractions. The Technical Tour attendees must be back to the hotel by 11:45 am for a noon departure.

  2. › Technical Tour for registered guests at noon

    Gather in the Hotel Lobby by 11:45 am. This tour will leave the hotel at noon following the morning sessions. Highlights include a trip to the WSDOT Signal Shop in South Seattle to see equipment displays and video presentations; and a trip to the I-90 Floating Bridge where a boat will take you out to mid span for a pontoon tour, followed by a tour of the tunnel underneath the bridge where the nerve center operates. You will be amazed at the complexity of this operation. Lunch and snacks will be provided at both locations.

Ride the Duck Seattle
Ride the Duck Seattle in Elliot Bay
Technical Tour photo
Inside look at Smarter Highway technology

Wednesday - July 18, 2012


  1. › Pioneer Square Tour - Catch the Light Link ($4 roundtrip) at Westlake Center for a short ride to Pioneer Square, Seattleā€™s oldest neighborhood. While there, you can visit the following attractions:
    ­ ­ - Seattle Underground Tour ($16) See original storefronts and street levels dating back to the 1800s.
    ­ ­ - Klondike Gold Rush Museum (Free) See artifacts and history of the great Alaska Gold Rush.
    ­ ­ - Smith Tower ($8) The observation deck provides panoramic views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges.

Enjoy a stroll through Seattle's first neighborhood, Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square has quaint stores and unique art gallaries
Underground Tour in Seattle learn about the seedy side of its history
Smith Tower built in 1914; the oldest skyscraper in the city
Smith Tower built in 1914; the oldest skyscraper in the city

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